Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Mike Oitzman and Friends in Concert, Sept 28th

I wanted to let everyone know that we're planning a small Native American Flute recital this Friday, prior the Fourth Friday Lecture series presented by the Placer Nature Center, in Auburn. I'll be joined by Dan & Sheree DiCicco and a few other Loping Wolf Clan members on stage for the event. If you come, please get there early, as we're going to start at 7 PM sharp and we only get 40 minutes before the lecture starts. The lecture also sounds to be very interesting this month. I hope that you'll come out and support us.

Here the details:

WHEN : Friday the 28th, 7:30 p.m.
WHAT: Placer Nature Center 4th Friday Lecture Series Ethno Botany: Ancient Wisdom for the Earth (Ecological Medicine) featuring Sage La Pena, Nomtipom – Wintu Cultural Educator, ethno botanist, author, herbalist and historian will share the indigenous perspective for personal and global healing and health. Native American flute recital opens lecture.
WHERE: Unity of Auburn, 1212 High St., Auburn.
COST (for the lecture): $12 ($10 members, $8 students) Discount available for full series.
CONTACT: Placer Nature Center, (530) 878-6053 or for info or tickets.

Check out Nash's website

I talk to Nash this afternoon, he now has a website where you can view his flutes. Nash lives in Southern California and occasionally makes it up to Northern California for Pow Wow's. Nash makes an impressive array of wooden flutes, bamboo flutes and a variety of clay vessel flutes & whistles. Nash is probably most famous for his Death Whistle (pictured above).

Here's Nash's website:

I posted an earlier blog entry about Nash:

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Ancient Music for a New Generation - Xavier Quijas Yxayotl

Most of you in the Bay Clan know that Xavier is playing in the bay area this Friday night (Sept 28th). If you haven't seen Xavier before, and are curious if you'd like his music, here's a chance to sample his music before the event this Friday (view the YouTube video below). Xavier is the consumate showman, in my opinion. He'll make you laugh and you'll learn a little history along the wayl.

Xavier is also presenting a clay flute making workshop this weekend (Saturday and Sunday).

You find complete details on Northern California Flute Circle Calendar.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Save the Date: Oct 27th, Moaning Caverns with Mary Youngblood

Once again we're planning a trip to Moaning Caverns with Mary Youngblood. This event is turning into an annual pilgrammage with Mary to visit and play at the Moaning Caverns. This is the site where Mary recorded her first album: The Offering. If you listen closely to the songs on The Offering you can hear the water dripping in the background, and since it was such a part of the experience recording there, Mary left the sounds in the recordings rather than edit them out... If you want to see pictures from last years event click here:

It's a special place for Mary and you're invited to join her to hear her play and to experience playing yourself. Once again, Dan, Sheree and the Loping Wolf Clan are helping to coordinate this event. To attend, you'll need to RSVP to reserve your spot.

WHEN: OCT 27, 2007
WHERE: Moaning Caverns
RSVP: send an email to: flutecircle AT lopingwolf DOT com

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Weekend Event Calendar: Sept 21 -23

You can alway check out the Northern California Flute Circle Calendar to see what's happening further out, but I encourage you to login every week to review what's coming up for the weekend events!

NOTE: If I missed an event for the weekend, please add a comment with event info so that other can know!

Saturday, September 15

Sunday, September 16

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

NCFC Central in Europe this week

I am in Paris this week on business, so I am not publishing too much. But I have a story I will tell you later in the week (if I can upload some pictures) about my visit to instrument collection of the Musee du Quay Branly. It was absolutely incredible... They have a collection of close to 9,000 instruments and it is one of the largest in Europe.

Here is a link to search their collection of instruments:

Note that this user interface is in French, (and I couldn't find a way to save a search or select an English interface for the search), but if you select the button next to the words: "Instruments de musique" and then type your search (e.g. "flute" without quotes) into the box with the words: "Saisir la recherche" and press the return key, you should get a results list of a pictures of all of the instruments in their collection matching your search.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Sacred Washoe Site: Cave Rock preserved

The US Appeals court upheld the Forest Service's ban on climbing at Cave Rock on Lake Tahoe. This is bad news if you're a rock climber in the Tahoe area, but good news if you support Indigenous Peoples Rights to sacred areas.

The interesting aspect of this story is that highway 50 is drilled right though the rock in question. If you've ever driven around the east side of Lake Tahoe, you have passed through the tunnel(s) which go through Cave Rock.


Thursday, September 13, 2007

Weekend Event Calendar: Sept 14 - 16

You can alway check out the Northern California Flute Circle Calendar to see what's happening further out, but I encourage you to login every week to review what's coming up for the weekend events!

NOTE: If I missed an event for the weekend, please add a comment with event info so that other can know!

There are no NCFC sponsored Flute Circles this weekend. But I hope that you get out and enjoy some nature!

Saturday, September 15

Sunday, September 16

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Indigenous Peoples Day, Oct 5 - Oct 8, Nevada City

There is a really exciting, local event coming up in early October: Indigenous Peoples Day.

It is 4 days of events taking place in the Nevada City, Grass Valley area. The event starts on Friday night, Oct 5 with an opening cermony by the local Maidu tribe. At sunrise the next morning there will be a calling back the salmon ceremony at sunrise at Bridgeport, on the Yuba river. Then the event continues with events on Sunday and Monday, with events at the Tsi-Akim Maidu Cultural Center in Grass Valley and the Miners Foundry in Nevada City.

Note: There used to be a celebration on October 8th for some lost explorer, but I think that this should be a much more exciting event!

Local radio station, KVMR will be on the air live on Sunday and Monday. If you're not close enough to catch the radio waves on 89.5, you can listen live on their internet radio feed from

For more information visit their websites at: or

For a printable poster of the event go here:

Or call 530-265-0711

Monday, September 03, 2007

Jonny Lipford on YouTube

Here's a video of Jonny Lipford on YouTube. Jonny has been the moderator for Mary Youngblood's Yahoo Listserv, and he just released his first album.